Yesterday was very encouraging. The folks at church were extremely welcoming, and our Alabama open house afterwards was fantastic. We enjoyed getting to see so many great people all in one day, and the only problem was just that there is never enough time. We were also encouraged by several folks who told us that they are interested in helping fill the gap in our support. God is so good to us to give us such great friends and it is always exciting to see how He provides so faithfully for our needs. We are blessed.
It’s great to be able to be here and visit churches and individuals who have supported us and prayed for us over the last three years. It’s such an encouragement to see what God is doing here as well! It really makes us feel what Paul said in Philippians 1 v 3-6: “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” If you would like to know more about how you can be involved, click on the support tab above!
today we’re driving to the airport in DC. Not a great day to be anywhere near there, traffic wise, but here we go! We are going to the airport outside the city, at least. Our flight leaves this evening, so we won’t get to Ireland until tomorrow, and hopefully we can all sleep on the plane…
This weekend we had a tough time saying goodbye to the folks here, but it really was good in so many ways. Saturday we had an open house at Jessica’s folks place with about 60 folks coming by. Seth preached for the morning service at church on Sunday and in the evening we had a commissioning service… everyone was a huge encouragement and we are so thankful that we have such strong support from home!
We’ll write from Ireland as soon as possible, but we’re not sure when that will be – so stay tuned!
after months of consideration, the CrossWorld Board of Directors has decided to relocate the mission’s headquarters to Kansas City, MO. The move should be completed by early 2010. Why?
1) CrossWorld will share a campus with another like-minded mission board, Avant Ministries. Although both missions will retain their unique identities, there will be some shared services such as information technology and finance – which will dramatically cut overhead costs for both mission agencies.
2) The shared campus will have more space for growth than the current CrossWorld campus. It will also have the facilities to host large groups (for training, conferences, etc) easily. CrossWorld will build a new office building, but will share the training facilities and guesthouse services with Avant. Here’s a view of the campus from Google Maps:
the biggest news first: we’re over 90% supported! That means that we’ll be buying our plane tickets for Ireland soon – we’ll let you know when we have the date nailed down!
we had a wonderful final week of training at CrossWorld headquarters. The other folks who were at training with us were people who started their journey with CrossWorld the same time we did at Candidate Orientation over two years ago! It was great to see them again!
the training itself was very helpful – we got tons of practical information about ministry, finances, and moving into another culture. We are so thankful to be part of a mission organization that works so hard to make sure we have everything we need to be ready to go and be effective in cross-culturally ministry!
In this videoblog: Seth talks about our weekend, featuring a missions conference at one church and a presentation of our vision at another. He also mentions that we are within a couple hundred dollars a month of being able to set a departure date and buy our one-way plane tickets to Ireland.
this is a hymn by John Newton that was very encouraging to us when we heard it in Alabama while we were there…
Though troubles assail and dangers affright, Though friends should all fail and foes all unite; Yet one thing secures us, whatever betide, The scripture assures us, the Lord will provide The birds without barn or storehouse are fed, From them let us learn to trust for our bread: His saints, what is fitting, shall ne’er be denied, So long as it’s written, the Lord will provide.
When Satan appears to stop up our path, And fill us with fears, we triumph by faith; He cannot take from us, though oft he has tried, This heart-cheering promise, the Lord will provide He tells us we’re weak, our hope is in vain, The good that we seek we ne’er shall obtain, But when such suggestions our spirits have plied, This answers all questions, the Lord will provide.
There are a couple more verses, and they are very good, but you can probably see why these were especially encouraging to us at this specific time in our lives.
we made it back to VA last night after our stopover in Knoxville, TN where we got to see one of Seth’s old friends.
So how was the trip? Wonderful. We had so much fun visiting with friends and family, old and new!
How are our support levels doing? We don’t know. Yet. But we do know that we are above the 80% we had when we started this trip. We had several families agree to join our support team and a church is voting in October on how much they will support us. Once we find out definite numbers, rest assured, you’ll know where we’re at with support.